Sex Cells are Matt Kilda and Willow Vincent, a duo that started their musical adventures as promoters, with live music nights featuring visual projections and experimental noise acts. Taking their inspiration from early synth pioneers such as Wendy Carlos and Delia Derbyshire, Sex Cells’ sound is a mix of Suicide, Psychic TV, and Art House cinema.
Their life as a band happened after the pair were ripped off in a house rental scam and consequently left completely penniless. They escaped to a rehearsal room in Peckham where they decided to document their predicament with a synth and battered drum kit. Soon after, Trashmouth Records introduced the pair to those at the centre of the same scene that The Fat White Family and Shame have risen through and since become stars of the London scene.
They still remain slightly homeless, couch surfing where they can and moving on every few months, their unique living conditions and struggling existence has created both a backdrop and theme for the tracks they produce. Finding musical allies in bands like Meatraffle and Madonnatron, Sex Cells have become regular fixtures at underground scene nights around London, sharing bills with the likes of The Rhythm Method and HMLTD.
What made you want to get into music?
It just felt kind of necessary, in terms of trying to communicate our frustrations. Music has always been there, as two people who have felt that connection with other songs and albums. It’s a really powerful medium.
What inspires you to write?
I think we feel a little lost in the world, and we have struggles that we both deal with personally. There’s a lot of pressure to contend with, so through music and art, we try to gain a little control over things, making our own moments on our own terms. Plus, we both love the symbiosis between sound, words, and visuals.
Who has had the most influence on your music?
Probably each other, and what the other one is doing or feeling, has been reading or procrastinating about.
What has been the biggest challenge you have faced in your career so far?
Every stage feels like a struggle, to be honest, but it doesn’t outweigh our compulsion to continue doing what we do.
What has been the nicest thing ever written about you?
Um … Maybe that we’re a band documenting late-stage capitalism, although I think everyone is doing that, in a way, because we are collectively ‘it’, spewing our thoughts and lives out on the public stage.
What has been the best and worst gig you’ve ever played?
We’ve had plenty of strange gigs, but when it goes sideways, the only way to go is completely off the hook, which people have responded very positively toward. There have been a few shows where we’ve abandoned all hope of songs and descended into full-blown free-form industrial noise and primal screaming, which in itself is very liberating.
What is the last album you played on Spotify?
Not quite an album, but Jonnine Standish of HTRK’s wicked new EP, Super Natural.
If you could support any band who would it be and why?
So many… Fat White Family, Gazelle Twin, NIN, Kim Gordan, would be nice.
What other bands do we need to be checking out right now?
Scud FM, Sonic Eyes, Platonica Erotica, PREGOBLIN, MOLD, Giant Swan, Adult Entertainment.
Give us a few hints on what’s in store next for your band …
We’ve been recording with Dave Allen, with a focus on capturing the essence of the two of us in situ. Alongside that, we’ve been producing remixes of the tracks, complete dissections, which are more dance-orientated. Next year we hope to thrust it onto the world.
You can catch up with Sex Cells on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, whilst their music can be streamed on all major platforms including Soundcloud, Spotify and YouTube. The duo play London’s Shacklewell Arms on the 16th of November.